Care Ministry VisionThe long-range vision for Care Ministry at SUMC is to grow a
congregational culture that nurtures, empowers, trains, equips and deploys as
many lay persons as feel called by God to be about the ministry of
visitation and care of persons within the congregation. Potentially we could
be Care Ministers
one of these days!
May God bless Strongsville United Methodist Church with a community culture that extends to and through our entire membership!
Care Ministry Mission
To that end, we are refining and providing training to groups
(cohorts) of approximately 12 called and commissioned members--Care
Ministers--who provide supervised and coordinated visitation and care in
hospital, rehabilitation facility, nursing home, hospice, and home
settings. The cohorts are also small groups that continue for study,
sharing of experiences, support, prayer and Bible study. Cohorts are started
and trained annually. I f you would like to be a part of the next cohort of Care Minister candidates, please contact Pastor Karl.
Beyond these teams of Care Ministers, we can provide shorter
and less formal training for any lay persons who are interested in having
an informal visitation and/or care ministry (eg: small group leaders).
If you or a person in your family could benefit from care in the form of
visitation, prayer, anointing or communion, we invite you either to fill out a prayer
card during worship, or to submit a request online.
We are proud to present below our current Care Ministers.
They have been commissioned by the congregation to this important ministry.
Ron Bakeman Eileen Bambam Steve Bichsel Joanne Burkett Carl Butcher, Sr.
Elaine Byrd Myrna George Sylvia Gerkin Judy Hammer
Leanne Lattimer Kim MacDonald Betty Parsons
Karen Ransbury Phil Weisbrod Barbara Wladyka